Facial Plastic Surgery: PDF OnlyNew developments in nasal valve analysis and functional nasal surgeryConstantinides, Minas MD; Miller, Philip J. MD Author Information Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology, New York University School of Medicine, 530 First Avenue, Suite 3C, New York, NY, 10016, USA. Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery: August 1998 - Volume 6 - Issue 4 - p 238-245 Buy Abstract The nasal valve is the most important region responsible for air flow and nasal resistance. In the past five years, numerous advances have been made in nasal valve analysis and surgery. The discovery that the valve consists of two distinct regions, the external and internal valves, has led to tailored surgical techniques to improve each site independently. Improved objective tests using rhinomanometry, acoustic rhinometry, and magnetic resonance imaging have proven that certain surgical techniques will improve nasal valve function. The roles of septoplasty, inferior turbinate surgery, and cartilage grafting have been objectively analyzed and methodically delineated. The nasal valve is now a prominent factor in planning cosmetic and functional rhinoplasty. This review examines the recent developments in nasal valve surgery and fits them into historical perspective with the evolution of our understanding of the nasal valve. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.